Poetry

Poetry

It goes on one at a time,
it starts when you care to act,
it starts when you do it again after they said no,
it starts when you say we and know who you mean,
and each day you mean one more.

Marge Piercy

Shopping Centre
Monday, 09 November 2020 17:12

Shopping Centre

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Shopping Centre words and image by Rebecca Samura I know it scared you every time our eyes lit up.Little hands reaching for shiny plastic and colourful lights. Can we get it?It hurts you to say no. Others looked on, watching the show. Your self doubts, magnified by what you thought,…
Coal Monologues
Monday, 02 November 2020 10:43

Coal Monologues

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Coal Monologues by Willie Hershaw 1) Brother James I received the Abbot’s ordersinby the big pink house:“Yoke Joseph and Mary, to an oxen cart - take shovels, creels.Wrap up - it’s wet and marshy with few paths.Go roughly east for around six miles,keep to the right of the hills.You’ll see…
Let's pretend it's butter
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 27 October 2020 08:32

Let's pretend it's butter

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Let's pretend it's butter by Sally Flint 'It all starts with stability around access to food.' - Marcus Rashford After the adrenaline rush of not knowing if her card might be declined, a test for economy beans on a week of no 'free school meals'. In her career as a…
Cultural Marxism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 27 October 2020 08:15

Cultural Marxism

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Cultural Marxism by Martin Rowson I met a Cultural MarxistWho took me to Swan Lake"Those swans denote the Class War!"Quoth he. I found his takeCompelling if naive, but nowI'm told it's a disgraceBy a Cultural FascistWho then shot me in the face.
Melrose Abbey ruins
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 24 October 2020 13:30

Class Register

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Class Register by Alan Sleater The first register I called at Selkirk HighWas, to my incomer’s eyes, a roll callOf the Borders clans, and three hundred years of peace;Armstrong, Douglas, Elliot, Scott,A second-year class, sitting in ordered rows,Like the shields in the entrance hall at Abbotsford. My mother was a…
A Resistance Writer Reflects On His Life: Variations of poems by Bertolt Brecht
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 24 October 2020 13:23

A Resistance Writer Reflects On His Life: Variations of poems by Bertolt Brecht

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Author's note: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was one of the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century, blending an aspirational communism with anti-fascist politics, while developing a satirical, "epic style" of drama that broke new theatrical ground. Famously, in The Threepenny Opera (1928), Brecht posed the question: "Who is the bigger…
Searching for each other's souls
Thursday, 22 October 2020 10:28

Searching for each other's souls

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Searching for Each Other's Souls by Fred Voss Working 10-hour days in this machine shop we put on our COVID-19 pandemic maskslike strangers aboard the Titanicthrown together to strike an iceberg and live an historictragedyand we stareover the masks into each other’s eyessafety glasses fogged up with our breathdazed with…
the dreamers' ark
Friday, 09 October 2020 08:21

the dreamers' ark

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the dreamers’ ark(the haven, tynemouth) by Paul Summers the oak is seasonedthe sawyers done each board & beamis shaved & steamed rendered immaculate in barrel curves planed & polishedto perfect laps the wrights slip-glazed by noble toil each limb in balanceeach peg set tight like lovers’ vowsimmoveable in situ caulked…
Rathlin: In memory of Derek Mahon
Monday, 05 October 2020 07:14

Rathlin: In memory of Derek Mahon

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Jenny Farrell memorialises Derek Mahon by presenting a reading of his poem Rathlin, bringing out its political message and artistic skill Derek Mahon died on 1 October. Born into the Protestant Belfast working class, he was of a generation with Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley. All three poets benefitted from…
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